Podi Idli

Podi Idli is made by coating idli with “Idli Milagai Podi” and oil. It is commonly prepared for lunch boxes and long journeys. Nowadays, it is also offered as a special dish in many eateries. Additionally, the spice powder used is slightly different from the regular Idli Milagai Podi, as it includes coriander seeds and cumin.

Podi Idli

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: BreakfastCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Discover the deliciousness of Podi Idli, a popular lunch box and travel snack. Learn how to make this flavorful dish with a unique spice blend.


  • Regular Idli 5 to 6

  • For Podi – To fry and grind:
  • Red Chillies – 4 Nos

  • Bengal gram dal – 1 tablespoon

  • Urad dal – 2 tablespoons

  • Peanut – 1 tablespoon

  • Coriander Seeds – 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin – 1 teaspoon

  • Hard Asafoetida – a small pea size

  • White til seeds – 1 teaspoon

  • Black til seeds – 1 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves – few

  • Oil or ghee – as required

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • In a kadai, heat a small amount of oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the ingredients listed under “To fry and grind” one at a time. Fry them, stirring occasionally, until the dals turn a light brown color and emit a pleasing aroma.
  • Transfer the fried ingredients to a plate and allow them to cool to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, place them in a mixie jar (or a grinder), adding salt to taste. Grind the mixture until it forms a fine, uniform powder.
  • Prepare your desired amount of idlis. Lightly drizzle a little oil or ghee over each one, ensuring even coverage.
  • Sprinkle the freshly ground spice powder generously over the idlis, tossing them gently to coat evenly. The spice powder will add a wonderful burst of flavor to the soft, steamed idlis.
  • These flavorful idlis can be enjoyed as they are, or paired with accompaniments such as coconut chutney or any non-spicy chutney of your choice.
  • Indulge in this simple yet delicious dish, perfect for breakfast or a satisfying snack. Enjoy!

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